Wednesday, May 16, 2007

Priorities in Media

We've heard more than enough about Nicole, Paris, Imus, and the Duke "rapists." The Imus kerfuffle, and the Duke non-rape case emerged as national morality plays for our edification; white men, especially, are all racists who want to rape nappy-headed 'hoes, or something like that.

But, not a peep about Christopher Newsom and Channon Christian who were kidnapped, raped, tortured, murdered, and mutilated by five black thugs. LaShawn Barber has this to say:

I’ve noticed that mainstream media are reluctant to report this story, especially when it first happened. In light of the blanket coverage the Duke “rape” case received, the paucity of coverage in this case seems a bit unbalanced. I mean, isn’t the brutal, black-on-white gang-rape, mutilation, and murder of two people more than or at least as newsworthy as a white-on-black gang-rape (which obviously was phony)? Even if the stripper’s allegations had been true, why was the Duke case burning up the airwaves while the Christian-Newsom case barely emits a spark?

What’s up with the lack of blanket media coverage? I’m not talking about a story here or there with case updates. The media should be swarming around this story. What happened to Christian and Newsom should be all over the airwaves and printing presses.

Yes, exactly. What is the deal? This story made the blogs a least a month ago, and despite being passed around, it still didn't make enough waves to warrant national attention.

Every time someone starts telling the truth about black crime, someone else comes out of the woodwork to remind everyone that a “few” black criminals don’t define the black community. From my perspective, it’s difficult to argue that point with a straight face. Of course, the murderous deeds and thuggish ways of black criminals shouldn’t define all blacks. But if you try to pretend that it’s not a serious problem that blacks commit a disproportionate share of crimes — an incontrovertible fact — or that the lack of blanket media coverage and outrage has nothing to do with race, you’re being willfully blind and foolish.

As I see it, black crime is so commonplace that it’s just not interesting to white liberal journalists, especially black-on-white crime. And white liberal feminists are more outraged when white men use a so-called sexist term than they are with black-on-white rape statistics. I have yet to hear a feminist condemn what was done to Christian.

Well, either incidents like this are either the expected behavior, thus not newsworthy, or the media has decided that this isn't a narrative they are interested in investigating. Reporters self-censor stories such as this because to do otherwise would encourage our racist society, they believe. The black man (and woman, in this case) can never be portrayed as a criminal. Especially in cases with sexual aspects; because of America's history of exploiting the idea of the black man as rapist. You see, we're not being told this story for our own good.